Sep
24
Thu
P-81’s Tail (Tale) and Mountain Lions in the Santa Monica Mountains and Beyond @ Facebook Live! @santamonicamtns Tickets
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm
P-81's Tail (Tale) and Mountain Lions in the Santa Monica Mountains and Beyond @ Facebook Live! @santamonicamtns

Join NPS researchers and partners for a discussion on the relevance of P-81’s kinked tail – the first potential physical manifestation of low genetic diversity in the small mountain lion population in and just north of Los Angeles. The discussion will consider the implications for this local mountain lion population and how it elevates the case for a wildlife crossing to be built across the 101 Freeway to reconnect a regional ecosystem. Topics of discussion will include the 18+ years of research studying the mountain lion population and the current status of the wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon.

Participants include:
• Seth Riley, the Wildlife Branch Chief for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA)
• Jeff Sikich, wildlife biologist, SMMNRA
• Beth Pratt, Regional Executive Director California & #SaveLACougars leader, National Wildlife Federation
• Charlotte Parry, Executive Director, Santa Monica Mountains Fund

Ana Beatriz Cholo, Public Affairs Officer for SMMNRA, will moderate the Q&A discussion

Sep
27
Sun
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon Tickets
Sep 27 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
https://smbasblog.com

ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

Oct
3
Sat
CANCELED – Volunteer Opportunity at Yerba Mansa Meadow – CANCELED @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
CANCELED - Volunteer Opportunity at Yerba Mansa Meadow - CANCELED @ Rancho Sierra Vista
The Yerba Mansa Meadow restoration project seeks to restore/enhance approximately 10.8 acres of wetland, riparian and upland habitat through invasive species removal and revegetation with native plants. This meadow is a good example of an ephemeral wetland that has yerba mansa as a dominant species, and this is somewhat uncommon.
 
This project aims to restore native habitat, and to improve habitat for bird roosting and nesting by introducing native plants that provide a variety of food sources. We will also improve the natural appearance of the wetlands.
 
Native species for this project include species known to occur in and around wetland areas (yerba mansa, mugwort, spreading rush, mule fat, golden current, deer grass, giant wild rye) and common coastal sage scrub species (purple sage, California buckwheat , California sagebrush, elderberry).

Please RSVP through: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-opportunity-at-yerba-mansa-meadow-tickets-86287019799 

Wear hiking attire, bring water/resuable water bottle, sunscreen, and a sun hat.
 
This event occurs on the first Saturday of the every month!
For more information, contact:
Lei DeVera at National Park Service tel. 805-370-2300 x 3325
Directions:
 
Main entrance cross street is Via Goleta and Lynn Road, Newbury Park, CA, 91320
GPS Coordinates for Entrance (Via Goleta & Lynn Road): N 34.1569 W -118.9733
Main Entrance: Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left.
 
It is best to park in the equestrian or overflow parking lot and walk to the restoration. The distance to the restoration site is less than a quarter of a mile.
Oct
4
Sun
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve Tickets
Oct 4 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve | Los Angeles | California | United States

Our Sunday walks are easy, informative, and fun. No birdwatching expertise is required. Binoculars are (almost) a must — loaners are available if you contact the walk leader in advance. The Reserve contains a lake that is home to spectacular water birds and the Reserve hosts migrating birds as well as local residents.

More information, pictures, directions, accurate map, contacts at www.sfvaudubon.org/events.

Oct
13
Tue
CNPS Tuesday Evening Virtual Programs: City of Los Angeles Wildlife Pilot Study @ Zoom meeting Tickets
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
CNPS Tuesday Evening Virtual Programs: City of Los Angeles Wildlife Pilot Study @ Zoom meeting

Tuesday Oct. 13, 7:00 to 9:30 pm

Virtual Program via Zoom

City of Los Angeles’ Wildlife Pilot Study

Presented by Kat Superfisky, Urban Ecologist, City of Los Angeles, and Lena Mik, City Planning Associate, City of Los Angeles

Protecting wildlife and biodiversity in Los Angeles is an important topic for the City of Los Angeles! From its trailing waterways to its scenic mountains, Los Angeles has a diversity of natural habitats and open spaces where wildlife thrive. The Wildlife Pilot Study is currently focusing on an area in the Santa Monica Mountains that is a mix of primarily low-density residential lots and large undeveloped open space and natural areas. The Department of City Planning is using this study area to test development guidelines and regulations that will support the City’s ecological goals by conserving and enhancing habitat and connectivity, while balancing future development.

Kat Superfisky is a designer, educator, and ecologist who devotes her days, nights and dreams to transforming urban areas into more inhabitable places. After obtaining a Master of Science in Conservation Ecology and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan in 2013, Kat moved across the country for the Los Angeles River. Kat sees LA—and its river—as the perfect laboratory to explore how to rebuild urban areas into more “symbiotic cities”. In LA, Kat has worked on landscape planning and ecological design efforts at Studio-MLA, founded and runs the nonprofit Grown in LA, and is the City of Los Angeles’ first and only Urban Ecologist. She takes her perspective of urban ecology into the classroom, teaching as a professor at institutions such as California State Polytechnic University Pomona, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and the University of Michigan. Kat also serves on the Board of Directors for California ReLeaf, and as a Science Advisor for The Nature Conservancy and Natural History Museum’s Biodiversity Analysis in Los Angeles and the City of LA’s Biodiversity Index.

Lena Mik is a Policy Planner with the City of Los Angeles Planning Department, Citywide Policy Division. Lena has been working on the City’s General Plan Update and Wildlife Pilot Study and, prior to that, implementation of the City’s Mobility Element 2035. Lena is a native of Southern California and loves spending her free time in the Sierras or in the high deserts. Lena received her bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and in English Literature from San Francisco State University and received her Master’s in Urban Planning from New York University with a concentration in environment and infrastructure. During graduate school, she spent a semester in Cape Town learning about South Africa’s ecologies and the impacts climate change has had on wildlife and vegetation, as well as learning about sustainable housing development practices in South Africa. Prior to coming to the City of Los Angeles, Lena worked at the City of New York Department of Environmental Protection, the City of Emeryville Planning Department and taught GIS (Geographic Information System) and statistics at New York University.

Information for logging onto the Zoom presentation will be posted on our website and Facebook twenty hours before the event and announced via email blast. If you are not on our Chapter email list, subscribe by clicking here.

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Oct
18
Sun
San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park | Calabasas | California | United States

Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike.

Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Oct
24
Sat
CANCELED “Welcome Walk” CANCELED @ Malbu Creek State Park Tickets
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
CANCELED "Welcome Walk" CANCELED @ Malbu Creek State Park

Join a docent for a leisure walk under the oaks and along the creek in Malibu Creek State Park. We’ll talk about the the park’s history, plants and animals, and see how nature is recovering after the Woolsey Fire. The walk is approximately 2 1/2 hours and families are welcome. Meet at 10am in the park’s Main Trailhead parking lot (second lower lot) by the restrooms. Bring water, hat, camera and your wonderful smiles! For more information, contact docent Dean Arnold at dean.arnold333@gmail.com

Oct
25
Sun
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon Tickets
Oct 25 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
https://smbasblog.com

ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

Oct
31
Sat
“Welcome Walk” @ Malbu Creek State Park Tickets
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
"Welcome Walk" @ Malbu Creek State Park

Join a docent for a leisure walk under the oaks and along the creek in Malibu Creek State Park. We’ll talk about the the park’s history, plants and animals, and see how nature is recovering after the Woolsey Fire. The walk is approximately 2 1/2 hours and families are welcome. Meet at 10am in the park’s Main Trailhead parking lot (second lower lot) by the restrooms. Bring water, hat, camera and your wonderful smiles! For more information, contact docent Dean Arnold at dean.arnold333@gmail.com

Nov
1
Sun
Run, Walk, Ride for Wildlife Research @ Virtual Tickets
Nov 1 @ 12:15 am – Nov 14 @ 6:15 pm
Run, Walk, Ride for Wildlife Research @ Virtual

Run, Walk, Ride anytime, any place, any distance during the first two weeks of November to support the wildlife research program in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Register here: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/WILDLIFE